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Securing Cyber Everything: CEAS and Brookhaven National Lab Researchers Strategize about Computer and Online Security


 Fourth NSF CAREER Award for CEAS focuses on Smart and Connected Hospitals As part of its ongoing commitment to advancing interdisciplinary research, The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences convened the first-ever Stony Brook Cyber Day, to address the challenges of a future dominated by automation, and collaborate on potential solutions.  Hosted by the National Security Institute (NSI), the event was a true collaboration of academia, industry, and government agencies.

NSI, which is part of the Department of Computer Science within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is currently conducting over $10M in cyber security research through grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and private industry.

Fourth NSF CAREER Award for CEAS focuses on Smart and Connected Hospitals

At Cyber Day, faculty researchers, industry professionals, administrators, and graduate students came together to share and figure out novel ways that they can partner to improve security and privacy. Researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS), Department of Information Technology at Stony Brook, as well as faculty and graduate students from College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) participated.

Opening remarks for the event were delivered by Richard Reeder, Vice President for Research at Stony Brook; Samir Das, Associate Dean in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and Radu Sion, NSI Director and Associate Professor. “NSI has received millions of dollars in federal funding in the last year and today, at Cyber Day, you will learn about our findings” said Sion to attendees.

Among the group of computer science graduate students who presented was doctoral student, Najmeh Miramikhani. Miramikhani’s presentation tackled solutions to modern cyber crimes. In all, twelve CS graduate students presented and they were followed by fifteen CEAS faculty and researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Scott Stoller, Professor in the Department of Computer Science, presented Security Policy Mining. Additionally CS faculty presented on topics such as domain name squatting, software security, program obfuscation, ​and securing the Internet of Things (IoT).

Some of the other faculty and researchers from CEAS who participated in Cyber Day, include:

​From Brookhaven National Laboratory, Susan Pepper, presented, Cyber Security Working Group. Also from BNL, Michael DePhillips spoke about high bandwidth monitoring and cyber threat analysis, and Dimitrios Katramatos addressed high bandwidth monitoring plus response framework.

Once the presentations were finished, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Northrop, and Stony Brook University faculty and graduate students brainstormed ways that they can collaborate in the future and share resources and information. Cyber Day at Stony Brook was a successful day for all attendees as they seek to build resilient systems as part of the nation’s arsenal against cyber attacks.